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Critically Evaluate the Functionalist Perspective on Education
Functionalism argues that education promotes a consensual society by maintaining social solidarity
through development of a value consensus, social harmony and cohesion; this perspective is largely
put forward by Emile Durkheim and Talcott Parsons. The basic approach of this theory is to ask…

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to the privileged / skilled choosers who have the money and knowledge to assist their children's
education who will as a result achieve higher despite perhaps lacking talent or putting less effort into
their success. Thus meritocracy is a myth as one group is materially advantaged to the other.





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